Global Property Guide

Financial Information for the Residential Property Buyer


Currency +/- Value - China Compared to Asia

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Japan $ 0.90
South Korea $ 0.75
Hong Kong $ 0.74
Macau $ 0.70
Maldives $ 0.66
Singapore $ 0.59
China $ 0.52
Taiwan $ 0.49
Timor-Leste $ 0.44
Armenia $ 0.41
Turkmenistan $ 0.40
Georgia $ 0.39
Philippines $ 0.37
Thailand $ 0.36
Bangladesh $ 0.36
Brunei $ 0.36
Laos $ 0.35
Cambodia $ 0.35
Vietnam $ 0.34
Bhutan $ 0.33
Kazakhstan $ 0.33
Malaysia $ 0.33
Nepal $ 0.31
Kyrgyztan $ 0.31
Indonesia $ 0.31
Sri Lanka $ 0.30
Afghanistan $ 0.30
Uzbekistan $ 0.30
Mongolia $ 0.28
Tajikistan $ 0.26
India $ 0.26
Azerbaijan $ 0.24
Myanmar $ 0.20
Pakistan $ 0.00
North Korea $ 0.00

China: Currency +/- valuation index

This is a cost of living indicator. The figure shows how much how much a bundle of goods and services costing US$1 in the US would cost in other countries (similar to The Economist's Big Mac Index).

To arrive at the figure, the Global Property Guide takes the difference between the IMF's nominal GDP figures, and their purchasing power parity GDP figures for the latest year available.

Note that currency undervaluation (as measured by PPP) is not a good predictor of future currency movements.

These cost of living indicators refer to data collected annually (for date of collection, see Data FAQ )

Source: calculated using figures from the IMF World Economic Outlook Database


China has poor house price statistics. The National Bureau of Statistics of China (NBSC) has monthly house price time-series starting January 2011 but only until August of 2013. Another source of house price indices is eHomeday, Shanghai's largest property market web site, which has time-series for Shanghai, Nanjing, Hangzhou, Beijing, Yangzhou and Suzhou (but the site is only in Chinese, and no time-series are available). Colliers International publishes useful housing data in their quarterly property market reviews. General economics statistics are available from the NBSC and the People's Bank of China.